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Tatton Park woodland nominated for ‘hidden gem’ award

By on November 7, 2011

An area of the parkland at Tatton Park has been shortlisted for a ‘Best Beauty Spot’ award.

Part of the 1,000 acre park in Cheshire East has been shortlisted for a new independent tourism award in ‘The Northern Hidden Gems Awards,’ after being nominated by the general public.

The awards aim to recognise the best independent businesses, journeys and beauty spots on Northern Rail’s network and highlight the very best of the region’s ‘hidden gems.’

Tatton is competing in the ‘Best Beauty Spot’ category in the Cheshire and Merseyside heat, alongside Speke Hall and gardens and Sefton Park and Palm House.  The other two categories in the regional heat are for ‘Best Shop’ and ‘Best Restaurant / Café / Takeaway / Pub / Bar’.

Tatton Park was nominated for the Best Beauty Spot Award by Edmund Myerscough, who said of one of its woodlands: “It is at the far end of Tatton Park and not accessible by car so not many non-locals know it’s there.  It is an area of Special Scientific Interest due to its wet woodland habitat which is rare in Cheshire and less common birds such as the willow tit.”

Tatton Park and visitor economy manager Brendan Flanagan said: “There are many `hidden gems’ at Tatton. Areas such as the mansion and gardens are well known, but the deer park offers many delightful areas full of character and wildlife.”

Ian Bevan, managing director at Northern Rail, said: “We have had a great response to the Hidden Gems Awards and have uncovered some real hidden gems in Cheshire and Merseyside, thanks to local people. The Northern Hidden Gems Awards are all about celebrating the best, and we feel Cheshire and Merseyside have some great contenders for the Network-wide final.”

The regional winners will be announced in November and will then compete against five other regions in the north of England for the chance to be named overall winners or highly commended, receiving a plaque commemorating their win and appearing on posters across the Northern network.

The project is aimed at highlighting and driving tourism, customers and footfall to the best of the region’s ‘hidden gems,’ including quality restaurants, shops with a personal touch, well-loved attractions, hidden beauty spots and great journeys by foot, bike, car or rail which can be missed out or overlooked by tourists or people travelling through the area.

For more information and to submit your views as to why your favourite shortlisted hidden gem should be crowned best in the region in their category, visit www.facebook.com/northernhiddengems

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